Renewal Projects

Dentistry/Pharmacy Centre

Location: Garneau
Scheduled Completion: 2023–24

Project Description:

The Dentistry/Pharmacy Centre has served UAlberta for nearly a century. The 30,650-square-metre structure was built in phases, starting with the original building in 1921–22, adding the east and west wings in 1946–47, and the centre wing in 1958. Like all good things, this phase of its life has come to an end. But with this end comes a new beginning: this restoration will provide new teaching, academic and administrative space while preserving the building’s historic features and increasing its sustainability and energy efficiency.


Are there any environmental risks to the building coming down, in particular, do I need to board up my windows when the building is being taken down?
The only environmental impacts will be dust and debris around the construction area which will be largely contained by the construction fencing and hoarding. There will also be noise due to the construction activities. For safety, individuals must obey all construction and wayfinding signage around the construction site.

What is the impact to pedestrian traffic around the building? Will I need to walk a new route?

  • Access to the east entrance of South Academic Building (SAB) and the south entrance of North Power Plant will remain open.
  • As of March 14, 2019, the link between SAB and Dentistry/Pharmacay has been closed and will remain closed for the duration of the project.
  • The lawn area and sidewalk south of Rutherford Library will be closed with the exception of the sidewalk along 89th avenue.
  • The walkway/drive aisle between North Power Plant and Dentistry/Pharmacy will be closed. Green & Gold Trail can be used as an alternate route.

Will there be any impact to the operation of the bus loop?
The bus loop will not be impacted on a day-to-day basis.

Are you removing trees during the renovation?
Key trees surrounding Dent/Pharm were assessed by a professional arborist in order to determine the best course of action for removal. Trees will be removed from the North, East, and South sides of the building in preparation for the renewal of Dent/Pharm. Certain trees are not viable for replanting due to their age and/or condition, but will be reused and repurposed wherever possible (ex: mulched for reuse in landscaping on campus). A nest survey was also completed and we are strictly adhering to the migratory bird act in preparation for removing trees. A landscape plan will be developed when the project is near completion, which will include new trees. Trees along 89 Avenue (Students' Boulevard) will not be impacted.

What are the timelines for this project?
The anticipated completion at this time of the Dentistry/Pharmacy Centre renewal project is for 2023-24. Visible exterior work will be ramping up in April 2019.

How is the demolition going to happen?
The original 1922 portion (South facing) of the building will be retained, with the other portions being demolished by removal of materials brick by brick.


Folio article: Capital investment provides new lease on life for 'architectural treasure'
Alberta Advanced Education
Faculty of Engineering: Dentistry & Pharmacy Building Redevelopment

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Van Vliet Locker Room Renewal

Location: Van Vliet Complex
Consultant: BR2 Architecture
Scheduled Completion: Spring 2020

Project Description:

The Van Vliet locker rooms support the entire Van Vliet complex, which consists of adjoining buildings spanning building opening dates from 1951–2015. The Van Vliet Locker Room Renewal project will update the current Men’s, Women’s and Family locker rooms, as well as provide a reconfiguration of the space to expand the family change room and add an all-gender change room. This reconfiguration will thereby align with the University of Alberta’s commitment to supporting gender and sexual minorities.

The project will be executed in multiple phases affecting both the male and female locker rooms simultaneously. Throughout the duration of construction, portions of each locker room will be isolated and taken offline while the balance of the existing space will continue to operate. As these phases are completed, they will be turned over to the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation for operation. The renewal encompasses a complete overhaul of the interior locker room space with new flooring, lighting, lockers, change stalls, toilets, plumbing, etc. being installed. Both locker rooms will also see a revised layout with a larger family change room being added and the introduction of a gender neutral change room.


For project specific inquiries please contact: Blake MacMillan, Project Manager -